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Friday, February 8, 2008

Review: Restoring Water

Restoring Water
by A.D. Roland

When the handsome newcomer arrives in town, Summer Sweetwater is sure he’s crazy. Not only is he claiming to be a prophet, he’s proposing marriage! Summer spent her whole life shunned by the residents of Shady Creek, Florida, because of the sins of her father. She won’t tarnish Isaiah McCready’s reputation by association. Even as Mac promises her no matter what the town believes, God still accepts her. Summer pushes him further and further away. When a debtor comes to collect, Isaiah may be the only one who can save the woman he believes is his destiny. Her father has offered her to a nasty neighbor in exchange for the deed to their once-fertile land. To save Summer, Mac will have to own up to his own deceptions and criminal past. Will he be able to convince Summer that he isn’t the very things she fears so she will trust him enough to put her life in his hands?

Summer Sweetwater has always been an outcast, through no fault of her own. But one day a man of God rides into town and declares that he loves her and wants her to be his wife. At first she thinks he’s just crazy, but the gentle way he deals with her begins to change her mind. The only problem is, Summer’s family has been cursed. And how can she bring that curse onto a man as wonderful as Isaiah Macready?

Restoring Water is a story about restoration and love–both man’s love for a woman and vice versa, and God’s love for sinful human beings. At times the theme was reminiscent of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love though the story line was very different. The trials and obstacles that the two main characters faced seemed to never end, but that kept me reading to find out what in the world would happen next.

This story had a lot of twists and turns, which kept it interesting, although some of them seemed a bit contrived. The meanness of the townsfolk was a little cliched, but then I suppose human nature can truly be like that. There were also a few grammar and other editing flaws, but not so much that it distracted from the story. All in all, a good read with lots of ups and downs, with nothing inappropriate. I recommend this for women of most ages.

Review by Violet